Articles & Advisories

Receipts and Releases: A Word to the Wise

Receipts and releases have been used as both a shield and a sword in estate proceedings when fiduciaries are confronted with claims which previously were resolved, or at least, allegedly so. Though instinctively a release is thought to provide an absolute bar to continuing litigation, the factual circumstances surrounding the...

Agency Ruling Signals State Power on Greenhouse Gases

The decision issued at the end of August by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) denying certain approvals in connection with a proposed natural gas pipeline that would fuel a major new power plant under construction in Orange County may have been seen by environmental activists as...

Adult Entertainment Industry Loses Another Challenge

After more than two decades, litigation over New York City’s efforts to use its zoning powers to regulate adult bookstores and adult eating or drinking establishments appears to be over. The story of New York City’s efforts to regulate the adult entertainment industry, which began under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani more...

Create an innovation district at the Nassau Hub

The opportunity to redevelop the Nassau Hub’s Coliseum site into a proposed biotech park is an extraordinary one that can be a major catalyst for economic growth on Long Island, if we get it right. That means designing it so that it is not another office park but a true innovation...

The Digital Footprint After Death: Who Wears the Shoes?

Email, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumbler, online banking, online shopping and other forms of electronic communications comprise our digital footprint. They are seemingly ubiquitous and omnipresent in the life of our business, social, and personal affairs. But, on death, who has the right of access to a decedent’s digital footprint?...

“Your “Baby” is Heading to College – Any Estate Planning Documents Needed?”

While we may know better, an 18 year old college student is generally considered an adult under New York law. Your rights as a parent to make decisions for your child change suddenly when he/she turns age 18.  You no longer have complete access to your child’s financial, education and...

Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services – Kristina M. Wesch

Kristina M. Wesch is a partner in the law firm of Farrell Fritz, P.C., with New York offices in Uniondale, Hauppauge, New York City and Water Mill. Wesch concentrates her practice in the areas of general corporate matters; mergers and acquisitions, including those in and out of bankruptcy; and corporate...

Trusts and Estates Update: Variety Fare: Counsel Disqualification, Directed Accounting, Sua Sponte Review

The past several months have witnessed significant decisions on a multitude of issues affecting the field of trusts and estates. While typically this column has taken a themed approach, the adage “variety is the spice of life” comes to bear in this month’s column, which will address some of the...

Arrested Development? After years of defeating development, could LI be the ‘Land of No’ no longer?

Anthony Guardino, practicing partner in Land Use, Municipal and Environmental law was quoted in this article from Long Island Business News. “Our land use process needs significant improvement across Long Island,” said Anthony Guardino, a partner at Farrell Fritz, based in Uniondale. “That’s frustrating a lot of developers and we’re losing...

Joint Accounts: Who Gets the Account Upon Your Death?

An account that is titled in your name and that of your child “with right of survivorship” passes to your child upon your death “by operation of law.” That is, your Will does not control the disposition of this account.  When an account is titled in your name and your...

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